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Bryce Young

Bryce Young gets a “Heisman” welcome in return to Mater Dei High School

Bryce Young (#9) at 2022 spring practice for Alabama
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Bryce Young is gearing up for his junior season at the University of Alabama.

He has won individual accolades, set school records, led a comeback victory over Auburn, and captured a Southeastern Conference Championship. Young sees one final accomplishment to check off his list: winning a national championship as a starting quarterback. Before he makes a push for the fall, the former five-star returned to his high school Alma mater, where his name started. Young received a “Heisman” welcome during his homecoming to Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Calif.

He led the Monarchs to a state championship in 2018 and a state championship game in 2019.

The crowd cheered him on as he walked into the gym in front of fans that admired his performances on Friday nights. Young tossed some t-shirts to fans, but the best moment came afterward. He became the newest member of “Heisman Lane,” joining John Huarte (1961) and Matt Leinart (2001). Young graduated from Mater Dei in 2020 before going to the Crimson Tide.

Bryce Young standing under Heisman Lane street sign at Mater Dei High School

Photo of Alabama QB Bryce Young standing under Heisman Lane street sign at Mater Dei High School comes via Eric Sondheimer – Los Angeles Times

Huarte won the Heisman Trophy in 1964 as a quarterback for Notre Dame. Leinart captured the coveted bronze honor in 2004 as a signal caller for the University of Southern California.

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Young tossed for 4,872 passing yards and 47 touchdowns in 2021 for the Crimson Tide.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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